Mr Jason Flello, Manager Records (middle) with his staff at the USP Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is one of eight (8) organisations in the Asia-Pacific region that were awarded in the 2018 round of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP)-Asia Culture Centre (ACC) Grants Programme.
The MOWCAP-ACC Grants Programme aims to address the economic, climatic and geographic challenges faced by libraries and archives by assisting with the preservation of, and universal access to, the documentary heritage of the Asia/Pacific region, and also to increase awareness of the existence and significance of the heritage.
Mr Jason Flello, Manager Records said he was pleased that USP Records was recognised in its efforts in overseeing the management of the University’s records, especially following a rigorous assessment process.
Grants were awarded to organisations from Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Tuvalu, Fiji, Myanmar, Vietnam, Iran and Malaysia and applications were received from over 20 Asia-Pacific organizations.
The programme recognised USP’s Archives contain a wealth of documentary heritage relating to the Pacific region and this project will increase access to this important collection through the use of ICA-AtoM, a web-based archival description software that is based on International Council on Archives (‘ICA’) standards.
Dr Lee Jinsik, Acting President of the ACC congratulated all the successful organisations saying their work to capture the memory of our region, expressed through its diverse documentary heritage, ensures that future generations can appreciate and understand our regions varied and diverse history for many years to come.
Dr Lee Gipyo, President of the ACI said, “I was very impressed with the quality and range of the applications. The Asia Culture Institute is proud to work with MOWCAP to support important documentary heritage initiatives and help bring the region’s documentary heritage projects to life.”
Mr Kwibae Kim, Chair of MOWCAP stated that, “The projects supported under the 2018 MOWCAP-ACC grants, and the large number of applications received from across the region, demonstrates the broad range of amazing work being done in our region to preserve and share our documentary heritage”
“I sincerely thank our partner, the ACC, whose support has made these grants possible, and also the Asia Culture Institute, who have supported the administration of the grants through the MOWCAP Office.
MOWCAP congratulates the successful organisations and encourages applications for the next funding round which will open in early 2019,” he added.
The MOWCAP-ACC Grants Programme supports the efforts of the many groups and organisations that collect, and preserve and provide access to documentary heritage from the Asia-Pacific region.
It aims to encourage collaboration and partnerships to undertake projects (e.g. preservation of materials, digitising, exhibitions, publications etc.) as well as to develop skills and resources (e.g. workshops, training programmes, expert assessments etc.).
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